LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A noxious odor in a Huntington Beach office building sent one person to a hospital and forced an evacuation on Thursday.
Hazardous materials teams began going office-to-office throughout the three-story building after receiving call about the odor around 10 a.m., Huntington Beach Deputy Fire Marshall Jeff Lopez said.
Four people in two separate offices on the top floor of the building complained of symptoms from the “noxious” odor, but only one was hospitalized, Lopez said.
Firefighters determined the odor was coming from a plastic surgeon’s lab on the second floor.
The work being done in the lab was routine and had never led to complaints before, but for some reason the odor wafted up to the third floor.
Huntington Beach firefighters, along with Orange County Health Department officials and the Orange County Fire Authority’s hazardous materials team, determined just after 1 p.m. that it was safe for people to go back inside, Lopez said.